Valkyrie Elysium Producer & Director States Action Focus is Due to an “Undeniable Preference for Extremely Fast-Paced Action Games” Nowadays

Following the significant free update for the Square Enix-developed action JRPG, Valkyrie Elysium, the game’s Producer and Director, Takahiro Kondo, shared information regarding the title’s development on the company’s blog.

He revealed that ahead of active development, the staff played through the entire Valkyrie series to determine what course the next entry should take. As a result, they concluded that due to the contemporary “undeniable preference for extremely fast-paced action games,” Elysium would be more action-focused than the series’ previous outings.

The rest of the article primarily discusses how they took elements from the Valkyrie Profile games and reformatted them. One example includes initially having the Valkyrie and three Einherjar battle together, like in the first game, before eventually finalizing on two summonable Einherjar to improve performance and lessen screen clutter.

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Interestingly, Kondo also revealed that early tests provided negative feedback due to how many parts of the screen players had to pay attention to. So, an eyeball tracker was used to assess where players’ gazes tended to be during gameplay, leading to the team focusing the gauges on the screen’s center.

On an offhanded note, several enemy designs didn’t make it into the finished game because of attack patterns being too plentifully similar. Further, concepts for the Naglfar bosses transforming into different forms during battles were scrapped as their potential implementation was deemed too complex and drawn out, creating a less enjoyable experience. One last intriguing note mentioned is how each country in the title has national flags that the team designed, but they have not been revealed yet.

You can read more developmental trivia about Valkyrie Elysium from Takahiro Kondo via Square Enix Blog.

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Moreover, tri-Ace producer Shingo Mukaitoge expressed interest in creating a Valkyrie Profile 3 should the chance arise.

Throughout Valkyrie Elysium, players control the titular protagonist as she and the Einherjar she recruit battle against the forces of Fenrir to keep the realms safe. Unlike previous entries, combat this time around is action-based, with elemental affinities being at the crux of the succeeding against peril.

Valkyrie Elysium is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.

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